Onize Ohikere

Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.

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Qatar restores diplomatic ties with Iran

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/24/17, 11:18 am

Qatar restored full diplomatic relations with Iran on Thursday, despite an ongoing feud with other Arab nations that accuse the tiny Gulf nation of supporting terror groups in Iran. In a statement released early Thursday, Qatar’s Foreign Ministry said its ambassador would return to Tehran to resume his diplomatic duties and expressed interest in strengthening bilateral relations. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates in June launched an economic and travel embargo against Qatar over its close ties to Iran.

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Dutch police detain second suspect over attack threat

by Lynde Langdon & Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/24/17, 10:38 am

UPDATE: Dutch police investigating a planned terror attack at an American rock band’s concert in Rotterdam have arrested another suspect after revealing the first person arrested Wednesday had no link to the threat. Police arrested the 22-year-old man in the Netherlands province of Brabant, south of Rotterdam, where the Allah-Las band planned to perform.

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Monsoon rains devastate South Asia

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/24/17, 09:11 am

Seasonal monsoon rains in South Asia have triggered floods resulting in the deaths of more than 950 people and adversely affecting nearly 40 million residents, authorities said Thursday. The extremely heavy rainfall in northern India, northern Bangladesh, and southern Nepal has caused landslides and washed away thousands of homes. The South Asia monsoon season runs from June to September, and authorities say the death toll could rise as the waters begin to recede.

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